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Bob Dylan covering Buddy Holly





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I saw Buddy Holly two or three nights before he died. I saw him in Duluth [Minnesota], at the armory. He played there with Link Wray. I don’t remember the Big Bopper. Maybe he’d gone off by the time I came in. But I saw Richie Valens. And Buddy Holly, yeah. He was great. He was incredible. I mean, I’ll never forget the image of seeing Buddy Holly up on the bandstand. And he died – it must have been a week after this. It was unbelievable.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder, March 1984)

Buddy Holly. You know, I don’t really recall exactly what I said about Buddy Holly, but while we were recording [Time Out Of Mind], every place I turned there was Buddy Holly. You know what I mean? It was one of those things. Every place you turned. You walked down a hallway and you heard Buddy Holly records, like “That’ll Be the Day.” Then you’d get in the car to go over to the studio and “Rave On” would be playing. Then you’d walk into this studio and someone’s playing a cassette of “It’s so Easy.” And this would happen day after day after day. Phrases of Buddy Holly songs would just come out of nowhere. It was spooky. [laughs] But after we recorded and left, you know, it stayed in our minds. Well, Buddy Holly’s spirit must have been someplace, hastening this record.
~Bob Dylan (to Murray Engleheart 1998)

On this day in 1936 Buddy Holly was born.

Here are some Buddy Holly songs covered by Bob Dylan:

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August 31: Bob Dylan & The Band at Isle of Wight 1969 (videos)

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I once held her in my arms
She said she would always stay
But I was cruel
I treated her like a fool
I threw it all away

Woodside Bay
Near Ryde, Isle Of Wight, England
31 August 1969

  • Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal)
  • Robbie Robertson (guitar)
  • Richard Manuel (piano)
  • Garth Hudson (organ)
  • Rick Danko (bass)
  • Levon Helm (drums)

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez
And it’s Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don’t pull you through
Don’t put on any airs
When you’re down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outta you

This reminds me of Kerouac’s “On The Road” – conjuring up a dusty character lost somewhere in America, or South America, down on his luck, wanting to go home and singing off with the bleak but also funny line: “I’m going back to New York City/I do believe I’ve had enough.”
~Howard Souness (His 40 Greatest songs – Uncut Magazine)

Tom Thumb´s Blues has been performed:

  • 2 times acoustic w/ band – both in 2002
  • 234 times w/band – top year 1974 (39 times)

First live performance:

  • Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
    New York City, New York
    28 August 1965

Last live performance:

  • Trädgårdsföreningen
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    15 July 2014

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “Shooting Star”

 

Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you
You were trying to break into another world
A world I never knew
I always kind of wondered
If you ever made it through
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you

Here are 5 Great live versions of this wonderful song from the album “Oh Mercy” (1989).

Rome, Italy 6 June 1991

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July 13: Roger McGuinn plays 9 good Bob Dylan covers – Happy Birthday Mr. McGuinn!

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Roger McGuinn is a great guitar player with a distinct sound, a “jangly” shimmering guitar sound. But he is much more than that, he is a good singer and a very good Bob Dylan interpreter.

Here are 9 good renditions of Bob Dylan’s songs done by Roger McGuinn (and collaborators).

Mr. Tambourine Man:

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